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Multi-generational living is back

Sixty years ago it was not uncommon for kids to ride their bikes to their grandparents’ house. Children played outside,...

Lombard’s Property Development Guarantees

Lombard Insurance have close on 30 years’ experience in delivering guarantees across multiple industries.  Our difference is in understanding the...

Insight into Capital Reserve Fund management

Capital Reserve Fund Management: As trustees and community managers what should we be asking ourselves? Pro admin shares their thoughts:...

You can now Apply for Home Loan Prequalification Online

The real estate industry has been operating in the shadow of technology, compared to other industries. However, as consumers become...

Live Large in a Small Town

Forty years ago, old-age pensioners were perceived as stooped, white-haired and often quite grumpy old people killing time until they...

Keep it Clean

Probably one of the most difficult issues facing estate managers is waste management. It’s a truly Sisyphean endeavour – just...

Fire Risk Management for Estates

Every time we hear stories of veld fires, we are alerted to the very real danger to our homes of...

Natural Unspoiled Harmony

When Simbithi Eco Estate was conceptualised 15 years ago, it was all about ‘home’, and today, the 430-hectare estate has...

Invest in a Healthier Ocean

Everybody knows that good business has to be sustainable,and that – really – we do not have to choose between...

Slow down in Slow Town

Some small towns are naturally slow – stuck away in the middle of nowhere – but some have to work...

Best Practices – Managing Financial Reserves

Careful planning for future repairs and replacements is in the best physical and fiscal interests of the community association. Maintaining...

The Garden Pergola: Ancient and African

‘Pergola’ might be the one word more than any other in the language of gardening that gets us thinking of...

A Cooling System that Works Without Electricity

As we slither our sweltering way to the end of the hottest summer most of us can remember, we find...

Colour in Nature

Blur the lines between the great outdoors and your interior spaces by replicating nature’s colours on your walls. Here’s how....

Fire!

It warms, it cooks, it illuminates. Fire is central to our lives, and it’s not too far a stretch to...

Le Sube

Hunter S Thompson once said: ‘Love is the feeling you get when you love something as much as your motorcycle.’...

Living the Country Life – Close to the City

While many people choose to live in lifestyle estates for the serene surroundings and country feel, they still need to...

The river life awaits at Heron Banks

Waking up to an adventure every day. This is what you can expect from the Heron Banks Golf and River...

The facts of home based care and keeping loved ones comfortable for longer

Caring for the frail and elderly is an arduous task and a responsibility that family members assume without hesitation; coming...

5 Good Reasons to Set up or Relocate your business to Mauritius

Once a sugar-dependent country, Mauritius has emerged as a well-diversified economy well on the way to joining the league of...

The Next Chapter

ARC (Association for Residential Community), proactively supports Homeowners Associations and Bodies Corporate, their management teams and trustees, to establish, maintain...

The Long-Term Value of ETFs

Remember the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare? The one where the arrogant hare thought that he could so...

Planning Ahead

If you have schoolgoing children, you’re probably already thinking about where they will go to university, and how you will...

Things a First Time Home Buyer Should do Before House Hunting

Buying your own home can be a daunting prospect. Many of us have spent our lives renting, so when we...

First-time buyers: Here’s how to actually DO what your bank expects

As a prospective first-time home buyer you have seen many articles telling you that at the rate things are going...

Sandton Gate

Green spaces large enough to explore and safe enough to enjoy

Precinct living is a relatively new concept within the South African property realm, but Sandton Gate is proof that being...

1.7 million students are now in higher education in Britain

However, there was just 602,000 purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) properties available in the 2017/18 academic year. This means that over...

Here’s how the National Property Buyers’ Database looks after home buyers’ interests

In South Africa, the residential real estate industry is geared towards sellers: estate agents represent the interests of sellers, while...

Empowering people & communities through fitness

“We believe that health and fitness is a necessity – and not the luxury. Green Outdoor Gyms is the leading brand...

Avoid Paying 30% More for Your Home

Save R320 000 on a R1 million property You may be well aware of the strict lending criteria applied by the...

Evergreen Sitari

A recently concluded joint venture between Evergreen Retirement Holdings and the Uvest Property Group will see the development of Evergreen...

Looking for an effective asset preservation and transmission tool? Consider setting up a Trust

Real estate investment is generally a great investment option. It can generate ongoing passive income and can be a good long-term investment if the value increases over time. However, when making such investment, one should consider structuring the acquisition through a Trust.

A Song Of Fire And Ice

What kind of madness would inspire someone to plunge into icy water on the edge of an active volcano? A...

Hot Cross Bunnies

We’ve just got over the festive season shenanigans, and soon the ubiquitous Valentine’s hearts will be taken down, but just...

The 2019 Bathroom – A Personal Statement

Sanitaryware is sleek and efficient, bold colours are in, and tiles are embracing interesting new shapes and retro styles. Tantalising...

Bamboo

Bamboo is one of the world’s oldest natural building materials. In Asia and South America, where it occurs naturally, it’s...

Taking Smart Homes to the Next Level

Faster internet, HD television, improved communications & security... Utopia of the digital world and our homes today. All of this...

Fibre Web

Unless you have been living in a cupboard for the last few years, you know that fibre is the next...

Best Practices: Security for Community Associations

Of the many good reasons for moving to a residential estate, the one most often cited is security. Residential estates...

Living in Somerset West is a Smart Move

Somerset West is fast becoming one of the Western Cape’s most sought-after residential areas. Once a sleepy village in the...

Best Practice: Strategic Planning for Community Associations

No matter how well things are going, you can’t just sit back and hope the situation will continue, and when...

Lift Your Landscape With Art That Moves

If the purpose of art is to help us see the world in new and interesting ways, what’s the point...

Achy Breaky Heart

In the ‘month of love’ we see stylised hearts everywhere. To most people they’re just a cheesy marketing gimmick, and...

Moo-Vable Assets

‘Honey, I bought a cow!’ might sound like the opening line to a comedy show, but it is a serious...

Fly, Big Bird, Fly!

So, the kids have flown the coop and you’re left with a substantial chunk of home on an even more...

The State of Student Housing

As the new academic year begins, what are the key trends – both locally and abroad – in the student...

The Boulevard, Zimbali Lakes

Looking for a great holiday getaway that doubles as a tax-wise investment? An investment, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is...

Serengeti Estates

Astute investors have voted, with their ZAR, Serengeti Estates' Whistling Thorns apartments as among eastern Johannesburg’s most desirable investments. All...

Turn Business Travel into an Investment Opportunity

If you’re spending thousands of rands a month on accommodation while doing business in Joburg, some careful re-strategising can turn...

Home Wi-Fi that knows what it’s doing

Today’s consumer wants internet that intuitively supports their day-to-day tasks and lifestyle through easy, seamless, and well-supported access. But what...

City of Johannesburg Land Use Scheme, 2018: New requirements for land use and development

The new City of Johannesburg Land Use Scheme, 2018 was published by The City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality (Council) on...

Adapt or die – managing agents must embrace change to remain relevant

“The price of doing the same old thing is far higher than the price of change.” I may not share many of Former US President Bill Clinton’s opinions but this quote is one of those statements that most people can agree with.

Have your cake and eat it

Enjoy low risk with high returns. The age of high-risk, high-reward thinking may be all but over. For years the...

Taking smart homes to the next level

Faster Internet, HD Television, Improved Communications & Security… Utopia of the digital world and our homes today. All of this...

Idyllic Cape Coastal Estate offers retirement quality that’s beyond your wildest dreams

To retirees, the dream of peaceful and carefree living in city suburbs is fast becoming a thing of the past....

A Home With A Thousand Views

It’s hard to choose between adventure and security or travelling and home comforts, so – here’s the good news –...

Isabel Estate

With its wide-open spaces, horses, golf courses, superb retail and restaurant options – and even skiing – Fourways is rapidly...

Aerotropolis Investment: Work Smart, Sleep Easy

Do you remember the eighties? In those days, Cape Town was not the tourism darling of the world, traffic was...

A Captive Market Of Eager Students and Anxious Parents

School’s out, and matriculants are at that age when they know everything and are ready to take on the world....

Trends That Will Shape 2019

In a period of continuing market uncertainty, players in the property market have plenty of questions going into 2019. Could...

The Saxony: New R2 Billion Jewel To Reshape Sandton Skyline

Jozi’s northern suburbs’ skyline is soon to be transformed by a gleaming, jewel-like architectural masterpiece that will tower over Sandton’s...

Caring is as Caring Does

Getting older and scaling down does not mean your world has to get smaller. You don’t have to choose between...

Phoenix Rising

The devastating Knysna Fires of 2017 destroyed 22,000 hectares of the Garden Route, and a further 85,000 hectares burned over...

A Place of New Beginnings

Sometimes we travel to relax, to eat, to see great art, beautiful scenery, or amazing animals. Sometimes to hear great...

Real Estate Hat-Trick

‘Location, location, location’ is just one – or is that three? – of the Rondebosch Oval Lifestyle Estate’s many attractions....

Going Green is Profitable

It’s good business to protect natural areas within your housing estate, not only because they make it a nicer living...

Your Bricks and Mortar Legacy Abroad: Retirement Planning with Offshore Property Investment

When reviewing your retirement portfolio, it’s wise to consider all the available asset classes – including offshore property. The key,...

An Introduction to Community Association Living

What is the role of a community association? What’s the difference between sectional title and freehold communities? And how does all this work? These questions and others are answered here.

All Decked Out

Haven’t we all at some point in our lives wished we could chuck the day job and launch out as...

The Boulevard: The Tax-Savvy Way To Buy Into Zimbali Lakes Resort

Investing is risky, so savvy investors need to stick to investment opportunities that offer the potential of fantastic returns, and...

Buying foreign property through an independent property specialist saves money

You only need to drive through the upmarket, sea-side suburb of Sea Point to see how many new developments are…

Say goodbye to complicated fibre with supersonic

Since the internet has become another basic utility, alongside water and electricity, ISPs have been bending over backwards to try…

Forward thinking: understanding the importance of planning ahead

Before deciding to invest our hard earned money on the JSE we spend countless hours researching the company that we…

The Garden Route’s undiscovered gem

In 2001, the dramatic coastal scenery of Oubaai inspired Ernie Els to design an 18-hole signature championship golf course of...

Australian Parent Visa offers a path to reunite families

South Africans have been migrating to Australia over an extended period, and many have elderly parents left in South Africa….

Speak to me

The future is a strange place, and people communicate differently there. Millennials are finding interesting new ways to chat –…

Eighty Two on Hatfield’s Black Friday

Black friday isnt over yet! Have a look at these unmissable specials from Eighty Two on Hatfield. For a limited time, Eighty on Hatfield are offering discounted rates on their developments.

Zimbali Lakes Resort

The Durban North Coast welcomes a new chapter in the Zimbali legacy. Developed by IFA Hotels & Resorts, the world...

Creating communities

The estate that appears so avant-garde today will have lost its competitive edge in 20 years, as developments with ever...

Builders DIY: How to Make a DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

In this video we show you how to make a DIY chalkboard serving tray that's cute and easy to make....

How Do Insecticides Work

In this video Tanya Visser talks about the different types of insecticides and how to use them. Insecticides are ideal...

Behind the scenes at Rondebosch Oval

Rondebosch Oval in Cape Town’s southern suburbs is a new 41-home estate that incorporates a historic cricket oval and a...

Using Water Crystals For Your Plants

The Efekto water-wise crystals is a polymer which attracts water and it's completely biodegradable and non-toxic. This means it's safe...

Welcome to fibre made easy

supersonic is the latest ISP to hit the fast-growing fibre to the home (FTTH) market in South Africa, backed by…

African Zen – The art of the garden

Creating a Japanese Zen garden is not about slavishly copying the elements and placements; it’s about internalising the quiet mind-set...

Improving an estate’s ability to function

Levy income is the lifeblood of any estate, and ineffective management and collection of funds can have a crippling effect...

Classic bathroom style

Vintage bathrooms, done with style, are timeless masterpieces. A classic-style bathroom doesn’t need to look dated. In fact, vintage can look...

Rondebosch Oval – Its a winning innings for cape town’s new development

An unusual 41-home estate from Rawson Developers has opened new opportunities for families who want to enjoy the many advantages of living in...

Restored and revived

In just one year, Serengeti Estates has metamorphosed from a tired and ailing development to a bustling hub of activity....

Why Mauritius tops expats’ wish list

For potential expatriates around the world Mauritius increasingly comes top on the list of their most favoured destinations. A coincidence?...

Send the year off in style

End-of-year parties need not – and should not – be blah There are office parties: soggy sausage rolls and tepid…

Seamless security adds value to estates

State-of-the-art security is a natural expectation in any upmarket development, but it needs to be discreet. So discreet, in fact,…

Schabort Associates Architects

Schabort Associates Architects, which was established by Wynand Schabort in 2006, has designed and overseen the construction of some of...

Johannesburg’s Grande Dame

It’s been almost 26 years since Dainfern Golf and Country Estate became one of the first residential estates to wow...

Selborne – the South Coast’s hottest family destination

Selborne Golf Estate, Hotel & Spa boasts incredible facilities for the whole family. The Selborne Hotel, built in 1954, is...

How To Use Fired Earth Woodworks

Fired Earth Woodworks is a water based wood stainer and sealer that's perfect for interior and exterior use. It has...

Protect your walls with Fired Earth Breakthrough 5-in-1

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Builders DIY: Geometric feature wall

Transform a bland white space into a stunning feature wall in a snap with this short and sweet DIY video!...

Builders DIY: Paint your ceiling with Fired Earth Ceiling Paint

It applies pink and dries white - so you'll never miss a spot again. View product and shop online with...

Investing in Water

There’s a new buzz phrase doing the rounds – investing in water. Is that wise? Is it even possible? It…

Mall of the West – Unlocks significant economic opportunity in the Ntshongweni Urban Development

  The first phase of the catalytic Ntshongweni Urban Development region will be an 85 000 square metre regional retail experience….

Proximity to good schools increases the value of your property

Lifestyle estates offer security and convenience and have become a major property trend in South Africa. They create a sense...

Outsourcing aspects of real estate management – what is the process and best practice?

Managing community schemes involves wearing a number of service hats, and juggling different functions daily, which becomes increasingly complex the…

Properties you can buy for R5 million, here and abroad

As more South Africans diversify their property portfolios, many are looking offshore in search of a good rand hedge and...

Invest in a Hotel? What a Capital idea!

Ever thought of investing in a swanky hotel apartment? Sectional title ownership of hotel rooms or suites is on the upswing, due to rising demand for flexible corporate accommodation. ‘The decline in the rand exchange rate over the past few years has boosted South Africa’s popularity…

Smart cities

Further impetus in store for the Mauritius property development landscape Introduced in 2015 by the Mauritius government under the socalled Smart...

A piece of paradise

The exclusive Heritage Villas Valriche, the largest villa-only residential development in Mauritius, celebrates the rich heritage of this Indian Ocean island...

Short term letting within community schemes

Many people buy into residential estates and sectional title developments for investment purposes and, with economic pressures being what they...

Lifestyle meets style La Balise Marina

There are so many reasons to invest in Mauritius, and even more reasons to live in Mauritius – for at...

Trending small

Is bigger always better? Not always – and especially not if you want the convenience of living close to your...

Why estates should join association of residential communities and estate living partnership

The Association of Residential Communities (ARC) has been in existence for over 10 years, with 11 founder members, 10 chapters...

If you build it, they will come – or will they?

So, you’ve gazed upon your ‘fields of corn’ … you’ve dreamt, you’ve designed and you’ve built. Now what? Do you...

Best practice transition

A development is not a residential estate – it’s a place with houses in a greater or lesser stage of...

Going green is profitable

It’s good business to protect natural areas within your housing estate, not only because they make it a nicer living...

Landscape construction

Brand image is everything. We understand the importance of this, which is why we ensure that your image reflects perfection...

Security and beyond security

A professional security presence with 24/7 staffed access is a given, but sometimes a developer needs to add an extra loss...

Fibre is the digital differentiator but what is the cost to you?

As a developer, you are already adding fibre to new properties; in fact, you may very well be retrofitting it...

Mobile’s next generation

As providers prepare to roll out 5G mobile technology, what does this mean for us? A generation ago, mobile video...

Sweet spot

The beautiful plantations of sugar cane that are such an intrinsic part of the landscape of the KZN North Coast...

Getting the retail mix right in mixed-use developments

Gone are the days when developers took a shot in the dark choosing retail tenants, with some white elephants that...

The battle of the brands

There are people who get a thrill out of picking out new furniture and appliances when they move house –...

Selling your development estate agent vs sales team

Your development is ready for sales, and you need widespread marketing to reach as many potential buyers as possible, followed...

Urban regeneration vs gentrification

Rejuvenating inner-city neighbourhoods can be an uplifting, progressive and profitable enterprise, but it’s not as simple as that. There is...

Dem bones

You’ve probably heard all the hype about Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind, but there is a lot more to...

New jozi developments may have to include affordable housing

Johannesburg’s proposed new housing policy, which recognises the need for developments to yield a profit, may turn out to be...

Ntshongweni urban development: Phase one gets the go ahead

With all development rights in place, civil construction on the much awaited Ntshongweni Urban Development will commence in early 2019....

Schabort Associates Architects

Established by Wynand Schabort in 2006, Schabort Associates Architects has designed and overseen the construction of some of the most...

Shoreline Sibaya – Innovation all round

With the baby boomer generation now set to live up to 25 years longer than their parents’ generation, one of...

Community living lite

The structures appear mirage-like on the horizon. First a single tent, seemingly burnt pale by years of neglect in the...

Tap the thirsty market for student accomodation

The demand for student accommodation is high, and rising rapidly. While public universities and colleges try their best to close…

Bean there, bean here – the journey of coffee

We seldom stop to think about all the processes necessary to ensure that we get to wake up with a...

Spring fever

The spring is sprung, the grass is riz. Wondering what the latest outdoors trend is? Look no further.   Spring...

Urban regeneration vs gentrification

Rejuvenating inner-city neighbourhoods can be an uplifting, progressive and profitable enterprise, but it’s not as simple as that. There is…

Artificially yours

Artificial intelligence – real stupidity, really creepy. Or really clever, really great? Depends on how you look at it. And…

Building well for living well

In an urban world where we are increasingly paying attention to our physical and mental health needs, the buildings that...

uMhlanga – A new horizon

Way back in 1895 uMhlanga was a quiet seaside spot where the workers at the nearby sugar mill would come…

Work hard, work fair, nobody hurt

Author: T van Staden – attorney specialising in health and safety legal compliance Construction is a hazardous endeavour, so here’s how…

The 2018 ARC annual conference, expo & golf day

The Venue: The Association of Residential Communities (ARC) is excited to announce that the 2018 Annual Conference, Expo and Golf...

All at sea

Do you know the etymology of the word ‘travel’? It comes from the old French word travailler – the same…

Lifestyle meets style – La Balise Marina

There are so many reasons to invest in Mauritius, and even more reasons to live in Mauritius – for at…

HOAs may be preserving communities to their death

Forming homeowners associations (HOAs) has become second nature to developers. But handing a development over to the HOA has often…

Trending small

Is bigger always better? Not always – and especially not if you want the convenience of living close to your…

Back to the future

While we celebrate the increasing emphasis developers are placing on mixed-use precincts, and acknowledge that this is the way of…

A question of balance

One of the few freehold developments in the Sibaya Precinct, Gold Coast Estate offers a rare balance between elegant design,…

The real deal on SA property developments: watching the smart money

Current conditions ‘When promised quick profits, respond with a quick “no”’ says US billionaire Warren Buffet about property investments. Seeff…

New Jozi developments may have to include affordable housing

Johannesburg’s proposed new housing policy, which recognises the need for developments to yield a profit, may turn out to be…

Retirees buying off plan: risks and rewards

Buying off plan is the norm for new residential estates, but it has proven to be not that popular in…

The future is now: 5G

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics in February this year saw the first broad-scale real-life deployment of 5G technology. South Korea showcased…

SA’s explosion of new property developments – take your pick!

The explosion of property developments, together with inner city regeneration in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, has afforded buyers in…

Spreading happiness one building at a time

Cities are living things. They grow, they get sick, and they even die. But they can heal. Many of the…

Balance and harmony

Life is a dance – it’s about balance and harmony – and sustainability is about learning to dance with the…

Quadrant Gardens

If you live in Cape Town’s southern suburbs, and you want to retire close to everything you’re familiar with, you…

Estate communication – a better way

One of the best things about living in a residential estate is the community – and there are a lot…

Builders DIY: DIY Kitchen Stand

Andrew Donkin and Builders Warehouse show you how to build your own DIY kitchen Stand.

Builders DIY: How to build a Kitchen

Creating a kitchen with off-the-shelf units not only makes building your kitchen a breeze, but is really affordable too.

New destinations

Choosing new travel destinations can be tricky, because everywhere you haven’t been yet is new. But there are some places…

Retiring in Mauritius – The Mauritius Retired Non-Citizen Scheme

A much coveted tourist destination known the world over, the tropical island of Mauritius is fast emerging as a preferred…

Islandstyle

Kids are finished school and you’ve managed to retire from your job, so why not live the dream? Retire to…

Lombard Insurance and Shoreline Sibaya partnership creates a first-of-its-kind financial solution for retirees

Shoreline Sibaya has claimed the title as the first and most innovative retirement development to provide a financial solution to…

JNCS Beyond Security presents the future of proactive estate security

Come and join Estate Living at JNCS Beyond Security’s highly informative presentation on the Future of proactive Estate Security at…

The Hugely successful Property Buyer Show arrives in Durban

Property Buyer Show – 21-22 July, Durban Exhibition Centre, Durban South Africa’s premier property expo will be taking place at…

The emergence of retirement homes in the UK

Rising number of dementia suffers has caused an increased reliance on nursing home services As Britain’s population ages and treatment…

Does Britain have a downsizing crisis?

Over 620,000 over 65s have considered downsizing, but cannot find suitable alternative accommodation. As the baby boomer generation enjoyed a period…

It’s not all roses anymore and maybe it shouldn’t be

Environmental awareness is becoming more and more a trend – with eco-estates, eco-schools and even eco-cities popping up everywhere. And…

Wake up and smell the coffee – and then taste it

Coffee is more than just a brain-rebooting substance. It’s a sensual celebration of one of the world’s most complex and…

Work hard, work fair, nobody hurt

Author: T van Staden – attorney specialising in health and safety legal compliance Construction is a hazardous endeavour, so here’s how…

Use it or lose it

Getting the most out of life – as with many things – is a matter more of quality than quantity….

Retirement homes popular in South Africa. Will the UK follow suit?

South Africans are fortunate enough that when we get older we can choose to live in retirement complexes which are…

Do you want to be right, or do you want to be popular?

By Steven Nathan, founder and chief executive officer of 10X Investments In investing, as in life, we regularly face the…

Ti-i-yi-yime. is on your side

Now that you’re retired, you have plenty of time and, well, some money. Maybe lots and lots, or maybe just…

Multigenerational living is back

Multigenerational living has been a growing trend in South Africa for a while, for both economic and security reasons, but…

The good the bad and the ugly – liferight explained

Great movie, and an awesome title. But I would have done it the other way round – the Ugly, the…

Extended families are great but you don’t need to live under the same roof

Sixty years ago, it was not uncommon for kids to ride their bikes to their grandparents’ house. Children played outside,…

De Plattekloof Lifestyle Estate an exclusive new retirement option

Presenting breathtaking views of Table Mountain, Robben Island and the greater Cape Town from the gentle slopes of the Tygerberg…

Community healthcare and luxury living

New retirees entering the property market are increasingly looking for options that support both their desire to continue living independently,…

Bringing care home

Until recently, a frail care facility was considered one of the most important aspects of a retirement estate. But the…

Apartment living for retirees on the move

Apartment developments are a huge trend in South Africa’s major centres, as they offer a safe, lock-up-and-go lifestyle, usually within…

War is hell coffee is heaven

The industrial revolution is best known for two things – steam power and dark, noisy, crowded factories – both of…

Scaling down

Moving to a retirement estate can be – and should be – a positive, liberating experience. It’s a line in…

The halfway house hobbit cars and heart health

Some years ago I met with a tennis-playing friend for a drink, when he commented,  in a rather superior manner…

A garden by any other name

When we think of gardens, we tend to think of ornamental gardens, not – for example – vegetable gardens or…

The question of medical aid cover for dementia

As population dynamics change, diagnostic techniques improve and public awareness grows, the number of dementia cases being reported – and…

Livewell – a better quality of life for dementia parents

It is incredibly difficult to make the choice to commit someone you    love to full-time medical care, especially if they…

Renishaw Hills – sweet on the south coast

Best known for its sunny days, lovely beaches, breathtaking views and laid-back lifestyle, Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Coast…

Loneliness: problem or opportunity

We are very lucky in South Africa, where there is a huge choice of retirement communities with lots of open…

Fragile handle with care – your retirement options

One of the things one should look out for when choosing a retirement village, is the availability of healthcare facilities…

PROACTIVE SECURITY IS THE BEST PROTECTION FOR TODAY’S RETIREMENT VILLAGE

Security is top of mind for people looking for a retirement village, so cutting edge security systems such as CCTV…

Umhlanga Arch and SMG Umhlanga will revolutionise your driving experience

The developers of the iconic Umhlanga Arch development have officially finalised a new partnership with a top South African motor…

Dynamic security solutions with Enforce Security Excellerate Services’

Central to any estate security product offering should be the understanding that estate security is not only about keeping the…

Enigma Private Estate in KZN sets new records

Having launched 9 months ago, Enigma Private Estate in KwaZulu-Natal has had a positive response, so positive that this new…

Iconic Park Square set to change uMhlanga Ridge

PARK SQUARE TO BENEFIT COMMUNITIES AND INVESTORS IN THRIVING UMHLANGA RIDGE uMhlanga’s most significant new commercial and retail development is…

Wireless – the 5G vision

Mobile and wireless data are expected to increase a thousandfold over the next decade as more than 50 billion devices,…

Treasure in the cellar

Perspectives change, and that’s just one of the reasons you need to keep an open mind. This whole management-speak gobbledygook…

Open up your Views

If there’s one strong design feature that defines homes in a modern estate, it has to be expansive, frameless glass…

A new semigration destination

The Western Cape may be the primary destination for inlanders seeking a coastal lifestyle, but soaring property prices in the province, and Cape Town in particular, have made potential home buyers turn their focus to the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) North and South coasts.

Smart City: Security adds value to estates

State-of-the-art security is a natural expectation in any upmarket development, and the more unobtrusive it is the better. Estates with…

Investing in UK retirement property

If you have savings and you’re thinking of investing in property, you may want to look off-shore. And, surprisingly, the UK offers some very affordable investment opportunities with good returns.

Somerset Lakes Estate

Somerset West has long nestled quietly under the Helderberg Mountains – and under the radar of property buyers. Approximately 30…

In the Zone

Most people who work in an office from, say, nine to five, spend between one and three hours every day commuting. That is time that could be spent at the gym, strolling on the beach, shopping, doing chores, cooking delicious meals, walking the dog, or playing with the kids.

Can art increase the value of your property?

More and more attention is being directed towards exploring the benefits of art in urban and suburban spaces. Does public…

Court denies relief to homeowner associations and estate agency

Property partnerships between homeowners associations (HOA’s) and estate agencies came under legal scrutiny when the Cape High Court was approached…

Live Smart, an integrated lifestyle

At Somerset Lakes Living An Integrated Lifestyle Is A Smart Choice. While the whole Helderberg property market continues to gain…

Shoreline Sibaya roadshow in Pretoria

Imagine waking up to the sound of the ocean, beautiful sea views and being surrounded by nature. We know that…

Is Time Ticking for City Living?

Cities are louder, busier and more crowded than ever. Many people are becoming disillusioned with the rushed city life, and…

Treasure in the cellar

Perspectives change, and that’s just one of the reasons you need to keep an open mind. This whole management-speak gobbledygook…

Wireless – the 5G vision

Mobile and wireless data are expected to increase a thousandfold over the next decade as more than 50 billion devices,…

Rental returns remains promising for savvy SA investors.

The UK enjoys the second highest amount of investment in real estate out of all of Europe, totalling €64bn between...

Marketing at the time of Facebook breaches

At the end of last year, Facebook had more than two billion active monthly users worldwide. Considering the global population…

Investing in Mauritius is easier than ever

Mauritius today is one of the world’s prime property investment destinations, having recently received the World Bank’s ranking as the…

The Hoteliers home

As one of South Africa’s most famous hoteliers, Sol Kerzner – and the formidable Kerzner brand – has over the…

Iconic Park Square set to change uMhlanga Ridge

PARK SQUARE TO BENEFIT COMMUNITIES AND INVESTORS IN THRIVING UMHLANGA RIDGE uMhlanga’s most significant new commercial and retail development is…

UK rental retirement market products sees biggest hassle free growth potential for SA investors

The UK rental retirement market products sees biggest hassle free growth potential for SA investors and that’s why One Touch…

Retirement planning, diversifying investment to UK care homes

How the UK care and retirement property sectors could provide diversity of income. The UK’s population is ageing, due to…

Permaculture for beginners

The word comes from ‘permanent agriculture”, as you will find out if you ask Professor Wiki, and it is about…

Tapping rainwater the natural way

Floods in urban areas are also largely as a result of the geography of the urban built environment. Towards the…

Demand for affordable country estate living is soaring

The property market in South Africa’s urban areas may be taking strain, but the market for country estates remains robust,…

Bringing Florida to the East Coast of South Africa

South Africa, like the rest of the world, is experiencing a burgeoning growth within the retirement sector. Research shows that…

Whats in store at this years Cape Town property buyer show

The Property Buyer Show, taking place on the 21st and 22nd of April 2018, is an ideal platform for anyone…

UK Retirement communities cure the blues and provide income to South African investors

Downsizing can be a challenge; leaving the house that you have created so many wonderful memories in is difficult. When…

Water Crisis

The reality of the water crisis is hitting home for south african businesses and people alike A drought in the…

SA’s top-end estates lead the way in smart city technology

The smartest cities in the world are places like New York, London, Amsterdam and Seoul, where digital technology isn’t just…

Enigma Private Estate in KZN sets new records

Having launched 9 months ago, Enigma Private Estate in KwaZulu-Natal has had a positive response, so positive that this new…

Umhlanga Arch and SMG Umhlanga will revolutionise your driving experience

The developers of the iconic Umhlanga Arch development have officially finalised a new partnership with a top South African motor…

The Hugely successful Property Buyer Show returns to Cape Town this April

Estate Living is proud to be media partner to the Property Buyer Show, this April hosted in Cape Town. Estate…

Cruising around on the first Meijs Motorman to land on South African shores – A personal experience

With a passion for planet earth and witnessing the destruction by daily burning of fossil fuels, Dutch designer Ronald Meijs…

Mobile apps here to stay

The global mobile app market is expected to hit $ 189 billion by 2020, sentiment that these applications are on…

Estate and Facilities Cost Reduction

Market conditions have pushed cost control to the top of most meeting agendas. How do we survive in tough economic…

The use of golf carts in estates

The popularity of golf carts has risen dramatically in recent times, with golf carts now being used beyond golf courses…

Is Dubai a good property investment?

Ever thought about buying property in Dubai? Would it be a good investment? What are the benefits of buying property…

Let’s visit the cousins

Often we spend a fortune travelling overseas, and we ignore the fabulous destinations right on our doorstep. And – especially…

Outdoor equipment & community value

Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary…

Your home in the Country

Set amongst the peaceful rolling foothills of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is Garlington Estate. From its elevated position, it commands beautiful…

Size counts

One of the main reasons people move into residential estates is to recreate the sense of community typical of villages…

The Meijs Motorman – simply beautiful

The Meijs Motorman is a classically styled electric moped that has been crafted by the talented Dutch industrial designer, Ronald…

Water and Real Estate – Making the Connection

For decades, residential real estate developers and managers have worked within a given set of relationships between themselves, the municipality…

Soothing tempestuous souls

Soothing to even the most tempestuous souls, Arabella Country Estate is by far one of South Africa’s most luxurious golf…

Occupational health and safety act (OHS)

At a recent health and safety workshop, the question of contractor responsibility was raised in cases where the homeowners’ association…

Wild at heart – and in the kitchen

There’s a new foodie trend sweeping across five-star hotels, award-winning restaurants and granite-topped kitchens in leafy suburbs. But maybe ‘new’…

How will we live in 2025?

As early as 2025 homes could look vastly different. By 2020, UberAir plans to run air taxis in at least…

The Estate: Going beyond all expectation

Elevated proudly along the tree line, with Signal Hill as a backdrop and on the boundary between Fresnaye and Sea…

Refined Beadwork Hits New York Art Museum

The humble journey of the Marigold collective of Zimbabwean beaders is now documented in a beautiful book. From afar, the…

Transparency – the first rule of thumb for property agents in difficult times

When times are good, pop the champagne. When they’re bad, really bad, open up and share the burden The life…

A little taste of Venice in San Diego

Coronado is known throughout the United States for its luxurious beaches, great weather and the historic Hotel Del Coronado. Named…

HOA Governance

As described in my previous article on governance (see Estate Living, Issue 25), conflicts of interest abound at board level….

Regulation of roads in secure estates

Over the past couple of decades, the number of secure estates in South Africa, both residential and commercial/ industrial, has…

Safeguarding your online identity

Smartphones and tablets have become virtually ubiquitous. You just need to take a stroll through any shopping centre or sit…

North Coast in depth

If you have the good sense to live on the North Coast, you probably realise it opens up a wonderful…

Brandy – our nation’s pride

As South Africans we are often proud of our achievements, but sometimes we seem to have a blind spot. And…

‘Not for profit’ not so different from ‘for profit’: How investing in non-profits has taken on a familiar face

One of the offshoots of the financial crisis of 2007 was that it forced a collision of two very different…

Seeing value in the Life Right model

One of the biggest business surprises in the latter half of 2017 was PSG’s investment of R 675 million in…

Retirement living at its best

If ever there was a place to live, it was Val de Vie Evergreen. Dating back to 1783, Abraham Andries…

Simbithi Eco-Estate: Welcome Home

When Simbithi Eco-Estate was being conceptualised and developed more than 10 years ago, ‘home’ was at the heart. The moment…

Zimbali Coastal Resort

Set within the serene confines of a coastal forest reserve on the North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal, Zimbali Coastal Resort is…

Rounds for Sale: The Discount Dilemma – part 2

“Nowadays people know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.” – Oscar Wilde Oscar should have been a…

Outdoor fitness equipment – the obvious benefits

The growing amount of outdoor fitness equipment (OFE) placed in open areas in many countries has the intent and outcome…

Revitalising art in the Mother City

Opened in September last year and located at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art…

Sibaya Coastal Precinct: What’s on the cards for 2018

The 1 000 hectare Sibaya Coastal Precinct on KwaZulu-Natal’s North Coast is well on its way to realising its vision…

Multi-tenanted retail property in Maitland snatched up pre-auction

Maitland, the Cape Town suburb that has historically served as a vital transport hub-situated along a number of important transport…

Steyn City Properties CEO named Business Person of the Year

Giuseppe Plumari, CEO of Steyn City Properties, has been named Business Person of the Year at the Nedbank Business Excellence…

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Chris du Toit, The Newly Appointed Commercial Head For Tongaat Hulett Developments.

Durban may contribute 14% of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but it doesn’t have 14% of the big property…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday set to boost SA’s e-Commerce

As South African consumers and retailers prepare for the shopping spree associated with the international trend of Black Friday and…

Dare to dream

There is a place where the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true. It’s a happy place…

Cashless living

In the digital world, it might seem counterintuitive to rely on cold, hard cash for incidental expenses. After all, given…

Beaches, history and culture – Mauritius has it all

Mauritius is internationally renowned as one of the world’s premier luxury holiday destinations, an idyllic island surrounded by crystal-clear waters,…

Crowdfunding – an alternative business model for property development in Africa

Crowdfunding is the natural way forward for real estate development in Africa, and spearheading this model of investment is Realty…

Behind the canvas – The changing role of the curator

What is a curator in today’s world? In Ancient Rome, curators were senior civil servants in charge of various departments…

Savvy Alternative Energy Solutions

Nearly every country in the world faces the challenge of producing sufficient clean, alternative power – and South Africa is…

FTTX Conference 2017 – Cape Town ICC: 3 – 5 October 2017 

Under the patronage of Dr Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Dr Andile Ngcaba, President FTTX Council Africa, the CEO Juanita Clark and other…

Exotic marigolds

Did you see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel? We just loved that movie. It was all about positive energy and…

Rabie Properties. Aerial view of Century City on 26 August 2017

Century City – A city within a city

Developers are known to see things that others may not and create something superb out of relatively little. Take the…

What makes a modern home better?

Two words define modern lifestyles – mobility and flexibility. Building a contemporary home or home office, therefore, has become all…

Long-term vision sets Steyn City apart

Its vision is extraordinarily long term, born of billionaire Douw Steyn’s desire to create a beautiful ‘city’, rather than a…

Music in the Garden

  Established in 1913, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is considered the most beautiful in Africa and one  of the…

Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world…

Gin is the chameleon of the alcohol world. Musing over his unexpected reunion with Ilsa in the timeless classic Casablanca,…

Atlantic Beach Estate

Situated amidst fynbos-covered dunes and set against the backdrop of  Table Mountain lies Atlantic Beach Estate.    A family-oriented community with…

Understanding how cryptocurrencies work

In 2010, sitting with more Bitcoin than he knew what to do with, a computer programmer spent 10 000 coins…

Securing your Information: Arabella Country Estate’s Protection of Personal Information Act Project

Arabella Country Estate’s Homeowners’ Association (HOA) management have always viewed the protection of the personal information of residents, visitors and…

TV meets art: A revolutionary TV that acts as an artwork of your choice – enter The Frame

The digital revolution has touched everything in our lives, including art. Indeed, technology and art are often the same thing….

Finding the Value: Is offshore property a sound investment?

With many exciting offshore opportunities available, the key is to seek out sound advice and find regions or cities undergoing…

Street cuisine Thailand style

An exotic tropical oasis erupting with a deep and intense culture and history, Thailand radiates more than just a golden…

More estates and homeowners are ‘getting off the grid’. Drilling a borehole is a good start.

The world is clearly getting warmer – 2016 was recorded as the hottest year since records have been kept, and…

Living on Thesen

The Estate Living team sat down with Henk Booysen, estate manager of Thesen Islands, to gain valuable insights into how…

Thesen Islands: A family’s commitment to turn land into a lifestyle

We once read somewhere that we humans borrow from nature the space upon which we build. Often, the vision for…

The Rest Nature Estate: Lowveld living at its best

One of the more unusual things about The Rest Nature Estate is its name. Those familiar with the area of…

Propertuity: Bringing Durban’s grande dames back to life

With land at a premium and in short supply wherever in South Africa you may be, property developers are now…

Cape Town’s signature urban spaces

Ten years ago, a desirable lifestyle would probably have been to own a modest house in the suburbs with a…

The rise of city apartment living

Convenience, safety and proximity, as well as excellent investment returns, are fuelling the middle-class urbanisation trend in SA’s big cities….

Do due diligence before investing in an estate

More and more South Africans are evaluating the feasibility and advantages of investing in residential communities. Large mixed-use developments are…

To have and to hold – ‘life right’ explained

Buying property is a big decision at the best of times, but when you’re buying into a retirement scheme, there…

A golfing meander through the Midlands to the KZN coast

So – the theory was that after a gap of 20-odd years I would take a drive down to KZN…

Knysna Lifestyle Estate: A retirement estate that’s big on lifestyle

Situated in the picturesque harbour town of Knysna, in the heart of South Africa’s famous Garden Route, sits the Knysna…

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The Gauteng Property Buyer Show Line-up

DJ Euphonik and other successful property investors will share their investment secrets at the Property Buyer Show this weekend from…

Bosch Siemens Gaggenau

BSH and Dion Chang dissect the art of communicating in a hyper visual era

Left to right: Guests enjoying the evening at the BSH Showroom in Cape Town; Quinton Lamprecht (Regional Manager BSH Group),…

Digital technology heralds fuss-free decision making in residential communities

Is this the beginning of the end of AGMs as we know them? Residential estates and sectional title complexes are…

A Delicate Balancing Act

How should a homeowners’ association optimally compose its balance sheet to minimise levy increases? HOAs are on the horns of…

Artist’s Palate: the story of a natural-born sommelier and winemaker

Most people who drink wine can tell if it tastes of vinegar or paint stripper, and most can also recognise…

Increasing the value of your property without spending

In South Africa we are trying to educate estate agents on FTTH and reminding homeowners to inform estate agents if…

Bank Balance vs Lifestyle

Over the past several months I have engaged extensively with residents, contractors, companies, clients, regulators and others on leveraging the…

Water & Estate Living

 The worst drought on record still has the Western Cape in its deadly grip. Fortunately, reasonable rains have fallen over…

Impact Zone

The forecast warned that an extreme cold front was to hit the Western Cape that night. Emergency services were preparing…

AMDEC GROUP leads the ‘new urbanism’ movement in SA’s cities

The past decade has seen a surge in mixed-use property development, a concept described by developers as a public space…

Widen your networks to boost the golfing game

How good are we, as a sports community, at promoting and selling the game of golf to non-golfers? We are…

Lost, and found: the extraordinary tale of Steenberg Wine and Golf Estate

The legacy of Steenberg Estate is built on twists of fate that left a brave German woman widowed four times,…

Blue Hills Country & Equestrian Estate

For those living in the bustling metropolises of Johannesburg, Pretoria and Midrand, the possibility of no traffic, clean air and…

The magic of the Waterfall Estates lifestyle

Ideally positioned between Johannesburg and Pretoria and triangulated between Woodmead, Midrand and Kyalami lies a world desired by all but…

Century Property Developments: One size for all

The residential property market, just like any other market today, continues to evolve, and one developer is fast off the…

The nuts & bolts of an HOA

So now you are part of a Homeowners’ Association. The main function of a Homeowners’ Association (HOA) is to enforce…

Umhlanga Rocks and Florida Road showcase urban renewal in Durban

Urban MGT plans to expand its urban improvement districts throughout the city What makes an area attractive to residential and…

Shoreline Sibaya: Investing in retirement paradise

Retirement is the fastest-growing residential and investment segment in South Africa at present, resulting in a rigorous shake-up of the…

Dainfern Golf estate

Welcome to the new Diamond District

Johannesburg has earned its name as the city of gold and, while the greenest urban jungle in the world has…

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Residential Estates in the Western Cape Peninsula – Noordhoek

With the vast growth of properties in the fair Cape Peninsula area, we present an overview of the security and residential estates this glorious area has to offer. In a 3 part series to Cape Peninsula estates, here’s an overview of the beautiful residential estates of Noordhoek, in the Western Cape Peninsula.

City Breaks – Sani Top, Magaliesberg and Barrydale

There are great weekend locations for a city breaks across South Africa, read more on Sani Top in KwaZulu- Natal, Magaliesberg in Gauteng and Barrydale in the Western Cape.

Top 10 things to do before signing your Lease Agreement in a Residential Estate

Our residential estate environments provide some of the very best options for rentals, due to the security and lifestyle offerings….

Cultural Dominance

As the world gets smaller, your life gets bigger. As a species, we are in the process of wrapping the…

Brandy by the snifter

As South Africans we are often very proud of our achievements, but sometimes we just seem to have a blind…

Chapman’s Bay Estate

The developers of Chapman’s Bay Estate have utilised the unique setting and physical attributes of its Noordhoek location to provide…

Cotswold Downs Golf and Lifestyle Estate

Once a dear little hamlet bordering KwaZulu-Natal’s Valley of a Thousand Hills, Hillcrest underwent a massive property boom before becoming…

Business To Business Golf Events

Event managers are often expected to think up an innovative event solution for a client’s specific need or target audience….

Call Pecanwood Estate home

The Pecanwood way of life is based on community living within an esteemed, secure environment. There are approximately 460 permanent…

Building Regulations – Sustainability vs Architecture

Basic overview of the building regulations The government introduced its energy efficiency regulations for new buildings in November 2011. The...

Breedezicht Retirement and Lifestyle Estate

Underneath Witsand is a body of underground water which leaches the red iron oxide from the sand, making the beach…

Cyprus

Most things in life involve a trade-off. For example, if you’re buying a car you have to trade off fuel…

Cornerstone Projects

The Gem of Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate Cornerstone Projects has worked hand-in-hand with the highly acclaimed Eye of…

Water & Estate Living

The worst drought on record still has the Western Cape in its deadly grip. Fortunately, reasonable rains have fallen over...

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Dainfern is a mature, secure Golf and Residential Estate which has evolved over 1200 homes since its inception in

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Renishaw Hills

Located within the stunning Mpambanyoni Conservation Development on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, Renishaw Hills is

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La Pinta Lifestyle Village

Situated in the coastal town of Langebaan is a new and exciting lifestyle estate. Officially launched at the

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Conveniently located between Kyalami and Sandton in Gauteng South Africa, award winning over 50’s Waterfall

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Piccadilly Properties was formed in 2003, specialising in sectional title property sales in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal.

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Meyer De Waal Inc

MDW INC is made up of a professional para-legal team of 10 and two conveyancing attorneys. With a national footprint

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Spacenergy is a full-spectrum real estate and house STAGING firm. We pride ourselves on balancing the art of

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